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Feb 26, 2018


By |2018-02-26T09:02:22-08:00February 26, 2018|Secondary|1 Comment

Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it actually existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that. I didn’t call it Twitter, I called it “Notion Notes.” When I first came to Abbotsford, I taught grade 7. Besides having fun learning all that science and English, we also did fun things for their own [...]

Jun 22, 2015

How to Get an “A” in Free Time

By |2015-06-22T09:09:08-07:00June 22, 2015|Faith, Secondary|0 Comments

What do you think about adding column on a report card assessing what students do during recess?Luigi Giussani, Italian priest, educator and intellectual, once told a group of parents that young people are not judged by how seriously, tenaciously and loyally they take to their school work, but by how they use their free time.They [...]

Apr 24, 2015

SPAM Haiku

By |2015-04-24T09:01:03-07:00April 24, 2015|Secondary|8 Comments

Back in 1996, I had an idea. I think this idea was somehow inspired by my high school friend, Robin and by the latest advance in communication—email.  The idea: SPAM® haiku.At the time, I had 34, what we now call, contacts. They included Robin, of course, several university friends, and my colleagues at Abbotsford Christian School. [...]

Feb 20, 2015

When Teachers Run Out of Good Ideas

By |2015-02-20T07:01:47-08:00February 20, 2015|Relationships, Secondary|1 Comment

I couldn’t believe he belched in my class—and it was on purpose. This was my first year as a teacher, teaching grade 7. This guy was full of energy, and a bit of a stinker too, so I had my hands full. Being so new to the profession, I hadn't developed the instincts for dealing [...]

Jan 23, 2015

Pigeons 101

By |2015-01-23T13:24:34-08:00January 23, 2015|21st Century Learning, Secondary, Whole Child Education|0 Comments

I never learned as much as when I became a pigeon farmer.  I remember walking to the barns on the day of possession, wondering what I had gotten myself into. I was overwhelmed with the responsibility, and with my ignorance as to how to produce the young pigeons (squab) that were so coveted by the [...]

Nov 23, 2014

Not Another Project!!

By |2014-11-23T07:08:42-08:00November 23, 2014|21st Century Learning, Secondary|0 Comments

When one of my kids came home on a Friday and declared, "I have to finish my project," I was filled with dread. Weekend plans were abandoned so I could try to achieve the impossible: learning the material the project was supposed to demonstrate, balancing my child's expectations with reality, understanding the standards against which the project would be [...]

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